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BC Rugby – A busy summer of rugby is upon us, with Canada vs Japan at BC Place on June 11th serving as the centrepiece event.

Opportunity also beckons for youth and adults aspiring to represent their region and their province on the rugby pitch in the weeks ahead.

This week’s preview outlines the upcoming trial and competition dates for regional teams, in addition to several BC Rugby XV Team activities on the horizon. It also features news about:

  • Special Ticket Offers for Canada vs Japan on June 11th
  • First Nations Thunder Rugby Fundraiser
  • B2Gold PRC Identification Session information
  • BC Games information
  • Additions to the BC Rugby Staff
  • Upcoming 7s and Social Tournaments

and more…

Read on for all the details.

Canada v. Japan – Discounted Group Tickets Available Now!
Canada’s Senior Men’s XV Team will play in the first-ever Test match held at BC Place when they take on #10 ranked Japan. This is a monumental achievement for Rugby in BC and we encourage you to support this event to ensure that Rugby continues to get the recognition it deserves in Canada. 

Rugby Canada has provided the BC Rugby community with some pretty sweet group packages, but you have to be quick as it’s first in, best dressed… as the official Flag Bearers!! The Club Pack offer is giving the first large group to purchase 150 tickets the match day opportunities of providing captain escorts, flag bearers and ball delivery, plus the opportunity to have teams participate in the half time Under 14 & younger games.  Rugby Canada also have room for another 5 Under 14 & younger teams to be a part of those half-time games, which will be allocated to the first 5 groups purchasing 100+ tickets.

For more information on the incentives for large group bookings, please click here. To complete group ticket purchases, please download the following forms and please ensure to follow the instructions. 

Youth group ticket form (Priced at $19.25)
Adult group ticket form (Prices range from $24.40 to $53.45)
100+ group ticket form (Prices range from $22.60 to $38.50)

Deadline for group ticket purchases is June 3, 2016. When wanting to purchase both Youth & Adult tickets as one group, ensure to select the $24.40 adult tickets and please clearly mark that the two forms belong as one group to ensure tickets allocated are in blocks 229-230. 
 

Send completed forms to events@rugbycanada.ca or fax them to +1.905.707.9707

Individual tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

Rugby Canada’s Senior Men’s 7s Team is in France for the Paris 7s, which got underway on Friday afternoon. Canada opened with a loss to the host French team. You can watch the live streaming coverage Saturday and Sunday on worldrugby.org.
BC Rugby Age-Grade XV Team Identification Session – May 15th at UBC
Female rugby players aged 14-19, and male rugby players aged 13-18 will have an opportunity to showcase their skills for the BC Rugby Age-Grade XV Team Coaches at UBC on Sunday, May 15th. This session begins at 10:00am. Parents and players can learn more about the session and enroll by clicking here.

Also at UBC on Sunday, the BC Rugby U19 Men’s XV Team will be holding an Identification Session, beginning at 11:00am. For further details about the U19 Men’s Program, click here.

Latest News on 2016 Regional Rep Rugby 
B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships

For youth aged 13-17, the B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships represent the key selection platform on the pathway to BC Rugby Age-Grade XVs Team representation.

The U18 Boys’ Division begins a preliminary round with matches on June 11, 15 and 18, concluding with Finals on June 26th at Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. All other divisions will participate in a single-weekend tournament, taking place June 24-26 at Burnaby Lake. 

Selection and training activities will be getting underway soon for many of those teams, and we’ll post schedules as we get them to bcrugby.com/prc.

BC Games

Girls born in 1999 or 2000 are eligible to compete in Rugby Sevens at the BC Summer Games in Abbotsford from July 21-24, 2016.

BC Games zones differ from other rep competitions. To learn more about how to connect with the zone team in your area, and for tryout dates, visit bcrugby.com/bcgames.

Senior Women’s XV Teams

The Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup features the top BC-eligible women’s players from Vancouver Island against those from the Mainland. Round one of the two-game series takes place this Saturday, May 14th, at Westshore Rec Centre in Colwood. Kickoff is at 12:15pm. Round two is scheduled for late afternoon on June 3rd at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver.

Senior Men’s XV Teams

The men’s regional competition concluded last weekend. Next up is the BC Bears’ Squad Camp on May 21-22, as they prepare to face England Counties XV on June 3rd at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Kraft Heinz Project Play – Win $$ For Your Rugby Club
Kraft Heinz Project Play invites you to nominate a community project for a chance to win a $250,000 recreational facility upgrade. Last year, Swillers Rugby Club was one of four national finalists, and there is every reason to get a nomination in for your club this year. The deadline to apply is June 12. To learn more, click here.
First Nations Thunder Rugby Fundraiser
Emerging 7s star Hannah Darling will be honoured with a First Nations Capping Ceremony this Sunday, May 15th, at Westshore Rugby Club in Colwood. The event takes place from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

The ceremony is a celebration of Hannah’s Ojibwe heritage, and recognizes her achievements on the field as a role model for Aboriginal youth. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Thunder Rugby Program, which creates and strengthens opportunities for First Nations athletes to play rugby.

To learn more about the event, click here.

BC Rugby Welcomes New Staff To Support Club Growth and Club Competitions
BC Rugby is pleased to welcome Thomas Viljoen, Darcy Patterson and Tony LaCarte as our three new Rugby Development Officers, along with Oisin Daly, who takes on the role of Competitions and Events Coordinator. To read the full news release, click here.
Upcoming Club Rugby Tournaments
Cloverdale Rodeo 7s – May 21
More information on their Facebook page. Click here.

Pacific Northwest 38+ Invitational Rugby Festival – May 28
Contact 2016.tournament@twilighterrugby.com 

Langford Rugby 7s – May 29
More information on their Facebook page. Click here.
Contact John Lyall jlayll@firstnationsrugby.com

VIP Mazda Abbotsford 7s – an official BC Rugby 7s Series Event – June 4th
For more information, click here.

Penticton Sunfest – June 11 & 12
More details on their Facebook page. Click here.
Contact pentictonharlequins@gmail.com

Piggie Rugby Fest, Cowichan – June 17-19
More information on their Facebook page. Click here.

Williams Lake – July 1 & 2
Contact Todd Pritchard  toddpritchard@shaw.ca 

If your club is organizing a tournament, tell us about it at info@bcrugby.com.

Thank You BC Rugby Sponsors and Partners!